When Vancouver police announced that Glee star Cory Monteith, 31, was found dead, they offered condolences to Monteith's friends and family, as well as to his "millions of fans." Those millions of young grieving fans may be experiencing an emotion they've never known before. Accordingly, they're expressing it in one of the surest means available today: through GIFs.
If you take a look on social media platforms like Twitter and sites like Tumblr, you'll see posts such as the one below, which subs in the show's scripted romance between Monteith's Finn and Lea Michele's Rachel for Monteith's and Michele's real-life romance.
Even though it was for Glee, at least Cory Monteith saw Lea Michele in a wedding gown before he left. pic.twitter.com/jAE0bEsDrd— livvy (@teensvogue) July 15, 2013
On Tumblr, there have sprouted plenty of GIFs of specific scenes of Michele crying tagged with her name:
It's a slightly macabre way to remember Monteith, but it's also understandable. Michele was one of the most high-profile figure in Monteith's life (after all, they were dating at the time of his death). And while many of Monteith's colleagues and coworkers have released statements, Michele's response is the one people are waiting for. So far, she hasn't publicly spoken about Monteith's death — nor, to be fair, is she obligated to. "We ask that everyone kindly respect Lea's privacy during this devastating time," her rep told Us Weekly.